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Paul Pasqualoni


Paul Pasqualoni

Paul Pasqualoni
Pasqualoni with the Dolphins in 2009
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Defensive line coach
Team Houston Texans
Biographical details
Born (1949-08-16) August 16, 1949
Cheshire, Connecticut
Playing career
1968–1971 Penn State
Position(s) Linebacker
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1972–1975 Cheshire HS (asst.)
1976–1979 S. Connecticut State (asst.)
1980–1981 S. Connecticut State (DC)
1982–1986 W. Connecticut State
1987–1990 Syracuse (LB)
1991–2004 Syracuse
2005 Dallas Cowboys (TE)
2006–2007 Dallas Cowboys (LB)
2008–2009 Miami Dolphins (DC)
2010 Dallas Cowboys (DC/DL)
2011–2013 Connecticut
2014 Chicago Bears (DL)
2015-present Houston Texans (DL)
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1982–1986 W. Connecticut State
Head coaching record
Overall 151–94–1
Bowls 6–3
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
1 New England Football Conference (1985)
4 Big East (1996, 1997, 1998, 2004)
ECAC Coach of the Year, Div. I-A (1992, 1995)
ECAC/Vince Lombardi Foundation Coach of the Year (1996)

Paul Pasqualoni (born August 16, 1949) is an American football coach who is currently the defensive line coach for the Houston Texans of the National Football League (NFL). He is a former head coach for the University of Connecticut football team.[1][2]

Pasqualoni has served as the defensive coordinator of the NFL's Miami Dolphins, and as the defensive line coach and interim defensive coordinator of the Dallas Cowboys. He is perhaps most notable, however, as the former head coach of the Syracuse University football team from 1991 to 2004.


  • Early life 1
  • College 2
    • Syracuse University 2.1
    • University of Connecticut 2.2
  • NFL 3
    • Dallas Cowboys 3.1
    • Miami Dolphins 3.2
    • Chicago Bears 3.3
    • Houston Texans 3.4
  • Head coaching record 4
  • Personal life 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Early life

A native of Cheshire, Connecticut, Pasqualoni attended Cheshire High School, where he lettered in football and basketball.[2] Following graduation, he continued to Bordentown Military Institute, also lettering on the football squad, and graduating in 1968. Pasqualoni then enrolled at Penn State, where he was a walk-on and subsequent letterman, as a linebacker under head coach Joe Paterno. In 1972, he received a B.S in health and physical education, then finished his education at Southern Connecticut State, receiving a M.S. in physical education and human performance.

Pasqualoni began his coaching career in 1972, while a graduate student at Southern Connecticut, as an assistant at his alma mater, Cheshire High School, where he remained for four seasons. After completing his master's degree, he was hired in 1976 as an assistant at Southern Connecticut by then-head coach, Dick MacPherson. Pasqualoni was promoted to defensive coordinator in 1980, a position which he held for two seasons.[3]

In 1982, Pasqualoni was hired away from Southern by in-state rival Western Connecticut, as its head coach and athletic director. In five seasons with the Colonials, he amassed a 34–17 record, and coached the team to a 1985 New England Football Conference championship and appearance in the NCAA Division III playoffs.[3]


Syracuse University

Pasqualoni was an assistant at Syracuse from 1987 until 1991, when he was promoted to head coach after the position was vacated by Dick MacPherson, who left for the NFL to coach the New England Patriots. The Orange (then known as the Orangemen) enjoyed a number of successful years with Pasqualoni at the helm. The team won the Fiesta Bowl over Colorado in 1992 and defeated Clemson 41–0 in Gator Bowl in 1995, Donovan McNabb's freshman year. The team had a 6–3 record in bowl games under Pasqualoni. Pasqualoni's 14-year record with Syracuse was 107–59–1. His only losing season was in 2002 with a 4–8 record. Most seasons of his tenure saw Syracuse competing in the Top 25 in the country.

While coach of the Orangemen, Pasqualoni's roots in Connecticut led him to recruit many star players from Connecticut high schools, including Bloomfield's Dwight Freeney, New Britain's Tebucky Jones and the McIntosh brothers from Cheshire High School.

At the conclusion of the 2004 season the team lost the Champs Sports Bowl 51–14. New athletic director Daryl Gross fired Pasqualoni on December 29, 2004, despite the fact that Syracuse's president, Nancy Cantor, publicly stated that Pasqualoni would be on the sidelines the next season.[4] He was replaced by Greg Robinson, who had been serving as the defensive coordinator at the University of Texas. During the 2005 season, the first season in 14 years without Pasqualoni leading the team, the Orange football team posted a record of 1–10, the worst record in the 117-year history of Syracuse University football.

University of Connecticut

On January 13, 2011, Pasqualoni was named to lead the University of Connecticut football program, two weeks after former coach Randy Edsall left for the University of Maryland. He was dismissed as coach of the Huskies on September 30, 2013 in the midst of his 3rd season when he destroyed the program and it hasn't been the same since.[5]


Dallas Cowboys

Before becoming linebackers coach in 2005, Pasqualoni served as the Cowboys' coach of tight ends for the 2005 season, where he is credited for the continued development of Jason Witten leading to his second consecutive trip to the Pro Bowl. In 2006, Pasqualoni became the coach of the linebackers, being influential in Demarcus Ware's success in that position. On November 8, 2010, Pasqualoni was promoted to interim defensive coordinator resulting from the firing of Wade Phillips, as Phillips served as both head coach and defensive coordinator for the Cowboys.[6]

Miami Dolphins

Pasqualoni (right) with Miami Dolphins linebacker Jason Taylor in 2009.

Pasqualoni was named defensive coordinator of Miami Dolphins January 22, 2008.

Pasqualoni was fired by the Miami Dolphins on January 11, 2010.[7] He was subsequently hired as the defensive line coach for the Dallas Cowboys.

Chicago Bears

On January 16, 2014, Pasqualoni became the Chicago Bears new defensive line coach.[6]

Houston Texans

On January 25, 2015 Pasqualoni became the Houston Texans new defensive line coach.

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Western Connecticut State Colonials (New England Football Conference) (1982–1985)
1982 Western Connecticut State 2–7 2–7
1983 Western Connecticut State 7–3 6–3
1984 Western Connecticut State 9–1 8–1
1985 Western Connecticut State 10–2 8–1 T–1st L NCAA Division III First Round
Western Connecticut State Colonials (NCAA Division II independent) (1986)
1986 Western Connecticut State 6–4
Western Connecticut State: 34–17 24–12
Syracuse Orangemen/Orange (Big East) (1991–2004)
1991 Syracuse 10–2 5–0 W Hall of Fame 11 11
1992 Syracuse 10–2 6–1 W Fiesta 7 6
1993 Syracuse 6–4–1 3–4 5th
1994 Syracuse 7–4 4–3 T–3rd
1995 Syracuse 9–5 5–2 3rd W Gator 16 19
1996 Syracuse 9–3 6–1 T–1st W Liberty 19 21
1997 Syracuse 9–4 6–1 1st L Fiesta 20 21
1998 Syracuse 8–4 6–1 1st L Orange 24 25
1999 Syracuse 7–5 3–4 T–3rd W Music City
2000 Syracuse 6–5 4–3 T–3rd
2001 Syracuse 10–3 6–1 2nd W 14 14
2002 Syracuse 4–8 2–5 T–6th
2003 Syracuse 6–6 2–5 T–6th
2004 Syracuse 6–6 4–2 T–1st L Champs Sports
Syracuse: 107–59–1 73–34 ‡ The Big East did not begin full round–robin play until 1993
Connecticut Huskies (Big East Conference) (2011–2012)
2011 Connecticut 5–7 3–4 6th
2012 Connecticut 5–7 2–5 T–6th
Connecticut Huskies (American Athletic Conference) (2013)
2013 Connecticut 0–4
Connecticut: 10–18 5–9
Total: 151–94–1[8]
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
Indicates Bowl Coalition, Bowl Alliance, BCS, or CFP / New Years' Six bowl.
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.

Personal life

Pasqualoni is married to the former Jill Fleischman, whom he met while coaching at Syracuse University. Together, they have two sons, Dante Paul and Tito Lucian, and a daughter, Cami Mae.[2] He is also the author, with Jim McLaughlin, of the book Coaching Youth Football, ISBN 0-07-137219-9.[9]


  1. ^ Big East experience tie-breaker for Pasqualoni Boston Globe. Published 2011-01-13. Retrieved 2011-01-13.
  2. ^ a b c Paul Pasqualoni Named UConn Head Football Coach Published 2011-01-13. Retrieved 2011-01-13.
  3. ^ a b Syracuse University Athletics – Paul Pasqualoni Retrieved 2011-01-13.
  4. ^ December 6, via Associated Press"Coach coming back for 15th year"
  5. ^ Hinnen, Jerry (30 September 2013). "UConn fires head coach Paul Pasqualoni".  
  6. ^ a b Wright, Michael C. (January 22, 2014). "Chicago Bears fill coaching vacancies".  
  7. ^
  8. ^ David DeLassus, Head Coaching Record: Paul Pasqualoni, College Football Data Warehouse, August 6, 2010.
  9. ^ Coaching Youth Football (Baffled Parent's Guides) [Paperback] Retrieved 2011-01-13.

External links

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Dom Capers
Miami Dolphins Defensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
Mike Nolan
Preceded by
Wade Phillips
Dallas Cowboys Defensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
Rob Ryan
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